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Cost of Safety

CEOs look at Safety as a cost center. Safety pros know the best safety programs actually save money. One way to make that point is to show Finance the consequences other companies have paid when their safety programs have failed.

Chipotle settles after jury awards $7.9M to employee in workers’ comp retaliation case

Following an almost $8 million jury verdict, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reached a confidential settlement with a former manager who claims the restaurant chain retaliated against her after she filed a workers’ comp claim.  [Read more…]

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Creating a safety culture: Situation at BP Alaska shows it never ends

Once you get your safety culture “right,” is that it – mission accomplished? Some recent reporting about BP’s Alaska operations shows it’s a never-ending challenge.  [Read more…]

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Why did court allow injured worker to sue his employer?

It’s rare that a court allows an injured worker to sue his employer besides collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Why did that happen in this case?  [Read more…]

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Report: Workers’ comp costs fourth lowest since 1980

An annual report says workers’ compensation employer costs as a percentage of payroll declined in 2015.  [Read more…]

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Chevron agrees to $21 million settlement in 2012 refinery fire

Chevron has agreed to pay a $1 million fine in a settlement with California regarding the August 2012 Richmond Refinery fire. On top of that, the oil producer will also spend at least $20 million upgrading equipment and procedures beyond what’s required by state regulations.  [Read more…]

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Worker loses part of arm in shredder; OSHA fines company $570K

Just over a year ago, OSHA cited this company for machine hazard violations. Eight months later, a man lost part of his arm due to similar hazards, and the company faces a half-million dollar fine.  [Read more…]

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Lack of maintenance, poor communication fouled water for 300,000

What can go wrong when an aboveground tank used to store harmful chemicals isn’t inspected for 10 years?  [Read more…]

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33% of workers say their company puts productivity before safety

A new survey from the National Safety Council (NSC) reveals many U.S. workers think their companies prioritize productivity before safety. Workers in high-risk industries were more likely to say safety takes a backseat to production.  [Read more…]

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Shooting range fined $135K for lead, noise hazards

A Pennsylvania shooting range is out $135K after OSHA discovered lead and noise hazards. OSHA also placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program[Read more…]

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Lead hazards lead to $105K fine for Brooklyn manufacturer

OSHA inspected a Brooklyn, NY, manufacturer after getting a report that a machinist had an elevated blood lead level. The inspection revealed workers there were exposed to dangerous lead levels.  [Read more…]

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